Any beauty lover worth his/her weight in lipgloss has taken the time to search for more affordable options when it comes to beauty buys. My beauty blogging buddies - Nikkia, Kerris, Kia, Toni P., Tia and Yannize (aka BBM Divas) spend countless amounts of blackberry airtime trying to decide if the latest collection is worth a splurge or contains a dupeable item.
Well recently we came across a gem by way of Milani cosmetics-Milani Lip Flash. As many of you are already aware MAC released their Dare to Wear Collection to much excitement. I cant lie the lip products are indeed gorgeous and I happen to own 4 of them (3 lipglass, 1 lipstick) so imagine my surprise when we discovered that the Milani Lip Flash pencils were a strikingly close dupe of these. I believe I paid maybe $5 if that for them and come on $5 vs $18 is a no brainer (though I had already paid for the MAC ones but that is besides the point people!) Here are some comparison swatches:
Now I know one is a gloss and the other is a pencil but seriously once the gloss sets it is the same consistency and feel as the pencils in my opinion. I would even go as far to say that the pencils aren't as drying to the lips. Now before the MAC maniacs come for me, I love MAC just as much as the next person but that is honestly my opinion. Just about everything else is comparable - color pay off, wearability, sparkle factor - yep its all there.
I haven't been able to locate the Lip Flash pencils on the Milani site but they have been in every CVS I have been in over the past few months from DC, to LA to Miami so be sure to check them out.